Honda’s idea of utopia? A collision-free society. To get there, the carmaker has partnered with GoMentum Station and a cutting-edge city smack in the heart of Silicon Valley to showcase its autonomous vehicles testing program.
Connected Grounds, Connected Tech
GoMentum Station — with its massive, 20 miles of paved roadway on a 5,000-acre site — is housed in the decommissioned zone of the Concord Naval Weapons Station in Contra Costa County, California. It’s the largest secure Connected Vehicle and Autonomous Vehicle proving grounds in the United States. With its paved, city-like roadway grids, buildings and other urban features, it offers an extremely realistic environment to demonstrate Honda’s development of autonomous and connected vehicle technologies.
The idea is that GoMentum Station will be a kind of birth place for a new generation of technology that has the capability to revolutionize transportation infrastructure. The goal? Making the future of driving safer around the world.
Honda Makes ‘Sense’
Honda is taking bold steps by broadly deploying advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) across its line-ups. Most of its core models available now can be equipped with Honda Sensing, and every Acura model is available with the AcuraWatch suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies.
Also making its debut at the GoMentum Station is a modified version of the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD luxury performance sedan that boasts a new suite of radar, Lidar, camera and GPS sensors. These come with higher performance CPUs and GPUs, and improved cabling, heat management and circuitry.
Honda sees 2020 as the year when its automated-driving technologies are put into practical use on highways, supported by inter-connected research efforts in Japan, Europe and the United States.
Transportation infrastructure is becoming a buzzworthy term. In a mere 12 years, the 800-mile high-speed rail system connecting San Francisco and Los Angeles should be finished, making it California’s most significant transportation project since the 1950s.
Autonomous vehicles, connected cars and high-speed rails continue to transform the way we get from A to B.